On Saturday, July 3, cooperators worldwide will celebrate International Day of Cooperatives under the theme, “Rebuild better together.” Observed globally since 1923, International Day of Cooperatives works to raise awareness of cooperatives and celebrate their contributions to a more inclusive economy and society. This year, it’s an opportunity for cooperatives everywhere to lift up how they’re meeting the COVID-19 crisis with solidarity and resilience and offering communities a people-centered and environmentally just recovery.
“In the last year, we have witnessed how the cooperative model has been working towards the well-being of people and respect for the planet, underscoring what the cooperative movement stands for,” said Bruno Roelants, Director General of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA). “We will indeed rebuild better together, and I’m confident that we will see many stories of how the cooperative movement can help communities become stronger in the post-pandemic world.”
With more than 1 billion cooperative members worldwide, the movement continues to prove that no one needs to face a crisis like COVID-19 on their own. #CoopsDay provides an opportunity to spread the word about how this human-centered business model—sustained by the cooperative values of self-help and solidarity and the ethical values of social responsibility and concern for community—can reduce inequality, create shared prosperity and respond to the immediate and longterm impacts of COVID-19. Co-ops faced the pandemic in solidarity with each other; we can rebuild better together, too.
Co-ops faced the pandemic in solidarity with each other; we can rebuild better together, too.
Save the date now, and look for a #CoopsDay toolkit—including this year’s logo, key messaging and digital resources—coming soon from the International Cooperative Alliance!